In a changing world, it is important to understand the natural hazards that originate all around us. A cross-disciplinary effort from the University of Washington, UW College of the Environment and other university partners is shifting the conversation around these hazards. With state and federal agencies, our scientists and researchers are undaunted in their passion for understanding how and why these hazards occur and how we can take meaningful steps to mitigate. More information about natural hazards efforts at the College and across the University is available on the UW Natural Hazards website.


Natural Hazards: GeologyGeology

We define geologic hazards as large-scale, complex natural events that happen on land. Geologic hazards cause immense damage, loss of property and sometimes life. The UW and its partners are working together, using their broad base of expertise, to improve on current and accepted approaches to predicting and mitigating geologic hazards, including earthquakes, volcanoes and landslides.

Natural Hazards: WaterWater

University of Washington scientists and researchers work across water-related hazards—from extreme precipitation and regional climate change to roadways and mountain snow melt. In partnership with other experts, we are working toward resilient mitigation approaches to water hazards, including tsunamis, coastal threats, floods.


Hazards: Weather & Climate

Weather & Climate

Our planet’s climate is changing. Research from top climate and weather scientists at the UW and around the globe point to a link between observed changes and climbing levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. UW’s experts—through their depth of knowledge, convening power and ongoing engagement with partners—are working to fuel big ideas that lead to meaningful impact.